Comprehensive Adult Medication Consultation
Dr. Handratta’s consultation is appropriate for individuals that are in current psychiatric care, that are seeking a second opinion regarding pharmacological interventions due to unsatisfactory response or intolerable side-effects to their current regimen, with an eventual goal of being referred back to their psychiatrist or primary care provider to carry out the agreed upon recommendations.
Due to his wealth of experience in different settings he is viewed as an expert in the field of psychiatry, to whom many physicians refer for a second opinion. We are pleased that Dr. Handratta can make his specialized knowledge available to patients at The Chesapeake Center where he has developed a consultation practice, offering in-depth consultations and providing a summary of his findings and recommendations that can be followed by the treating physician.
At The Chesapeake Center, Dr. Handratta specializes in the treatment of ADHD in both males and females, understanding the biological, environmental and hormonal impacts on symptom presentation. He also helps adults with ADHD that have underlying cardiac conditions find safe and alternative medication options for treatment.
Dr. Handratta has dedicated his almost twenty-year career to the exploration and pharmacological treatment of mental health disorders. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings where he provided pharmacological interventions to adults with complex issues such as adults with multiple coexisting psychiatric and developmental conditions, including mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Handratta also works full-time for an academic institution as the Supervising Physician and Site Director for post-graduate third-year psychiatry and internal medicine residents.
About Dr. Ven Handratta
Dr. Handratta received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India. He then attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he received his Master’s Degree in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and his fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Handratta is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the American Psychiatric Association. He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles, and is a frequent lecturer across the U.S. Dr. Handratta has also been awarded “Teacher of the Year” four times by psychiatry residents under his supervision.
Dr. Handratta’s consultations include:
- a detailed and thorough review of prior medical records, background information gathered through Chesapeake’s intake process, and any recent evaluations from primary care physicians or psychiatrists
- the administration and review of psychometrics (standardized rating scales)
- the integration of collateral information from relevant parties
- a 60-minute consultation appointment
- a comprehensive treatment plan, which is then shared with the client’s primary care physician or treating psychiatrist to implement (with recommended lab work / tests based on the needs of each individual patient)
- coordination of care with the treating physician
Dr. Handratta’s process begins with the review of intake paperwork and questionnaires. This is followed by a virtual 60-minute consultation appointment, which results in a comprehensive write-up with his recommendations for treatment.
****Please note: It is your responsibility to check with your treating physician before your appointment to ensure that they will be able to implement Dr. Handratta’s recommendations. Dr. Handratta is not able to see clients who have Medicare.